Time to turn up the heat and turn down the lights .
Whenever there’s a mention of romantic candlelit dinners, people usually envision a restaurant and a waiter sipping champagne into tall glasses while romantic music plays from the speakers.
But, since a lot of people prefer the intimacy of their own homes, it’s no wonder they also prefer to spend time there with that special someone.
So, for that reason, here are some tips that will help you transform your personal space into a romantic dinner nook:
Find that perfect spot
Before you start (re)decorating, you should select the spot that will be used as a romantic nook. You can use your own dining room, but it’s always better to get out of your routine and use space that isn’t considered ordinary.
The dining room might be elegant or formal, but since it’s used every day, it can become a bit boring, and boring is the last thing you need when having a romantic dinner.
If you lack extra rooms, you can use a corner in your living room or a closed terrace during the colder months, while your own backyard can be a perfect spot if you want to have a romantic dinner during the hot summer months.
Make sure to declutter
There’s no romantic atmosphere without some decluttering, that’s a fact. Having a lot of stuff lying around is the best way to kill the mood, so prior to making that dinner and setting the table, make sure to discard all the items you don’t need.
You can put them in storage boxes, or give them to those who need them more than you. Additionally, moving them to the garage or renting a storage room is also a great way to remove all the clutter from your home.
Illumination matters too
Decorating is important, but if you want to achieve that true romantic glow, then you mustn’t neglect the importance of the lighting.
Whether you prefer soft glow from scented candles or indirect light from designer lamps, you should always ensure that the light is well-positioned and proportional since there’s nothing less romantic than bulbs glaring into your eyes while you’re trying to have some special time with the one you love.
Candles are great as they create a truly romantic warm atmosphere, but in case you don’t want to deal with them, you can always opt for lamps or ceiling lights with dimmable LED lightbulbs.
That way you can adjust the brightness which is great before and after the dinner when you need to clean up the table.
Add things that bring you two together
Romantic dinner should be about (re)connecting and spending time together, and the best way to make that happen is to add things that bring a couple together. Adding some floral arrangements and two hand-braided jute round rugs will certainly enrich the space, especially since round shapes tend to represent harmony, love, commitment, and protection.
Incorporating these elements will surely bring you two together and make you more connected and drawn towards one another. Aside from that, you can opt for your favorite drink or a piece of cake that you two love, because that will make sure that you spend time enjoying each other company in a pleasant and romantic atmosphere.
Be bold and make a change
If you’re a true fan of all things romance, then you should go a step further and make some changes so your place can be even more romantic.
Installing wood panels on the walls and ceilings in your favorite room can contribute to a cozy and lovely atmosphere, while a properly placed fireplace can warm your feet while you’re enjoying a glass of mulled wine in the cold winter evening.
Don’t be afraid to go a bit overboard if it’ll make you feel happy and loved, because sometimes the romantic atmosphere is best achieved with a bit of luxury and boldness on the side.
Set the table right
Your romantic dinner table should ideally be round as it’s the best way to keep eyes and focus on each other, but even if you can’t find a round table, then a small square one will be more than enough. And if you want to make your romantic nook complete, then you shouldn’t forget to add a tablecloth and napkins, along with champagne glasses and appropriate silverware.
Even though cuddling on the sofa with a slice of pizza and your favorite TV show is always welcome, sometimes it’s necessary to add a dash of luxury in romance to your daily routine!
Use classic movies as an inspiration
Some movies seem to have it all: a great storyline, talented actors, great photography and of course, a marvelous soundtrack, so if you really want to have that perfect romantic experience, why don’t you get inspired by your favorite movies?
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Pretty Woman, Sleepless in Seattle are only some of the all-time favorites, so feel free to use motifs to create your ultimate romantic evening.
You can style yourself as the main hero/ine, play the music from the movie or even eat the food mentioned in the romantic dinner scene. This will definitely be an interesting and original way to have dinner with your beau.
Get that smell right
As mentioned before, scented candles are the ultimate romantic dinner staple, not only due to the atmosphere they make but also because they make the air smell nice.
Refreshing the air and infusing some pleasant fragrance is a wonderful way to have a great time because cigarette smoke and other bad odors are not exactly what you need.
Additionally, you can use DIY air fresheners or a dish of potpourri, an aromatic mix made of cinnamon sticks, star anise, and cloves.
Transforming your space into your romantic little nest isn’t difficult, but it does require some planning, for sure.
Therefore, these tips will surely help you there, but feel free to incorporate some of your own, if you feel like it, of course. Remember that proper illumination, a pleasant smell, great food and some of your favorite music are always the key to achieving that perfect romantic dinner at home.